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All Things Food: Cookbooks and Recipes

April 4, 2022 Archive Insight

White book cover with text on orange background and pattern of orange fleur-de-lis and blue asterisk-like stars
The Henry Ford’s first edition of Julia Child’s consummate classic
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, published in 1964. / THF621455

On the first Friday of every month, the collections experts of The Henry Ford share items from our archives and library collections on our Instagram account as part of our History Outside the Box virtual program. Though the Instagram stories are only available for 24 hours, we share them afterwards as videos so you can catch up on what you missed. For March, Librarian Sarah Andrus shared a sampling of the wide array of cookbooks, recipe booklets, and handwritten recipes that have found a home in our collections. Check out her selections below.

Our March 2022 presentation of History Outside the Box on cookbooks and recipes. / Instagram

If this has whetted your appetite (pun intended) for more, you can check out dozens of blog posts related to food and recipes, explore our Historic Recipe Bank, or dive into our Digital Collections to find even more cookbooks and recipes. You can read up on how we find inspiration in history for our modern on-site restaurants, and learn how we created the historic dining experience at Eagle Tavern in Greenfield Village. You can also contact our collections staff at the Benson Ford Research Center with any questions.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram to catch the next installment of History Outside the Box!

Sarah Andrus is Librarian and Ellice Engdahl is Digital Collections and Content Manager at The Henry Ford.

History Outside the Box, by Ellice Engdahl, by Sarah Andrus, recipes, books, food

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